Or at least for the high-traffic websites that are considering using ZippyKid‘s hosted solution.
This makes a lot of sense for a number of reasons, which Vid Luther shares in his post. One of the neatest takeaways is the fact that they aren’t charging anything in addition for this initiative and he explains that it’s everybody’s responsibility for a better web:
Sloppy code on high traffic websites compounds the problem at an exponential rate. Think about it: one page request that makes 1000 calls to the database, multiplied by 1000 requests.
We want to make the web a faster place, we’re doing our part to make sure you don’t have to do the unsexy stuff like caching or making deals with CDN providers, but you need to take some pride and responsibility as well.
It just makes sense for not just large sites but all sites to go through some sort of code audit, especially if you want to scale and grow over time. Naturally, ZippyKid isn’t requiring every single site to pass through a code audit but the big ones for sure.
Ultimately it boils down to that of what appears to be a legitimate partnership between ZippyKid and the site owner as the higher price-point for these sites will cover the support costs. This does not mean that they will jump through hoops though for you.
I’m not sure other WordPress hosted solutions are having this requirement but I imagine if they haven’t then they probably should. Would you pass through an audit as a requirement to get onto a WordPress managed hosted solution? What are your thoughts of this hoop that you may have to undergo?